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Aryan Brotherhood Kingpin Gets 50 'Very Hard Years'

Sentence keeps James Byrd out of federal prison

(Newser) - James Byrd is a sadistic, ruthless Aryan Brotherhood of Texas kingpin, and prosecutors have won a long fight to keep him out of federal prison. Instead, Tarrant County prosecutor Allenna Bangs tells the Houston Chronicle , the 45-year-old will serve a 50-year sentence in a Texas state prison, where his gang... More »

In Prison, Keeping Order Is Up to Gangs

And they're very careful about it, writes Graeme Wood

(Newser) - An in-depth look at prison gangs in the Atlantic shows that the groups aren't just forces of feuding and violence—they're actually central to the structure of prison life. "Prison gangs end up providing governance in a brutal but effective way,” a researcher tells Graeme Wood.... More »

Mexican Drug Cartel, US Prison Gang Plotted Merger

La Familia, Mexican Mafia deal would have opened 'superhighway' for meth, guns

(Newser) - Authorities say they've thwarted a massive multinational business merger in Southern California—between Mexican drug cartel La Familia Michoacana and US prison gang Mexican Mafia. "This would have opened a superhighway for drugs and guns and given this cartel an exclusive franchise," says US attorney Andre Birotte... More »

Blame Union Politics for Baltimore's Jail Scandal

Charles Lane: New law gives guards way too much cover

(Newser) - How on earth did things get so bad at the Baltimore City Detention Center that at least 13 female guards allegedly helped gang bangers sell drugs behind bars and even had their kids? At the Washington Post , Charles Lane thinks a good part of the blame lies with a too-powerful... More »

Death of Aryan Gang Boss Stumps Cops

Texan Frank Roch found dead in crashed pickup

(Newser) - Texas police are baffled by the death of one of the country's most powerful white supremacists. Frank E. Roch Jr., leader of the biggest faction of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas prison gang, was found dying slumped in a crashed pickup truck, reports the Houston Chronicle . The cause of... More »

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